Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
The University of Cincinnati College of Law opened its Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic in January 2011 and accepts clients for its Fall and Spring semesters each year.
At the ECDC, third year law students obtain “hands on” experience representing local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on transactional legal issues critical to their success. Such services include assistance and counseling on entity selection and formation; regulatory compliance and licensing; advice on trademark and copyright protection; lease review and negotiation; contract preparation, review, and negotiation; as well as any other legal issues confronting a small business.
Students perform all work at the ECDC under the supervision of its director, Professor Lewis Goldfarb. The ECDC represents clients of limited financial means, including both for-profit and non-profit organizations, which cannot afford the legal services of the private bar. The ECDC does not charge for its services.
Through its work, the ECDC gives its students a tremendous learning experience and hopes to contribute to the economic development/revitalization of Cincinnati and surrounding communities. The qualitative and quantitative impact of the ECDC on students, clients, and the local economy can be enhanced tremendously through collaborations with the local legal and business communities, local government and community leaders, and other colleges at the University of Cincinnati.